USS Carney’s Brave Stand Against Houthi Drones

USS Carney Thwarts Houthi Drones in Strategic Red Sea Defense

December 4, 2023, marked a pivotal moment in the ongoing Middle East tensions as the USS Carney, a U.S. destroyer, valiantly defended against a series of drones attacking the ship in the Red Sea. Amidst this volatile situation, three commercial vessels reportedly became targets of aggression from Houthi-controlled territories in Yemen, prompting a decisive response from the U.S. military.

A Day of Maritime Turmoil

The attacks unfolded in a rapid succession, beginning at 9:15 a.m. when Houthi rebels launched an anti-ship missile near the Bahamas-flagged cargo vessel, Unity Explorer. The USS Carney, patrolling the area, immediately detected and responded to the assault. By noon, the Carney had successfully downed an aerial drone from Houthi territory, aimed ambiguously in the destroyer's direction.

Escalation and Response

The conflict escalated as the Unity Explorer reported a missile strike, followed by the attack on another cargo vessel, the Number 9, under Panama's flag. Amidst these alarming developments, the U.S. showcased its military prowess by intercepting another incoming drone without incurring any damage to its vessel or crew.

The Final Strife

In a dramatic turn of events, the Sophie II, another Panamanian-flagged ship, reported a missile strike around 4:30 p.m. The USS Carney, rushing to assist, encountered yet another drone, which it promptly shot down, showcasing the U.S. Navy's preparedness and tactical proficiency.

A Broader Geopolitical Context

These events occur against a backdrop of rising tensions in the , with the U.S. military emphasizing 's role in enabling these attacks. The U.S. has been vocal about Iran's support for groups against American forces across the region, underscoring the complexity of the geopolitical landscape.

Looking Ahead

As the U.S. contemplates “appropriate responses” in coordination with international allies, these incidents underscore the volatile nature of regional security and the critical role of naval forces in maintaining stability. The USS Carney's actions not only prevented potential catastrophes but also highlighted the strategic importance of the Red Sea as a maritime corridor.

This defensive operation by the USS Carney against Houthi drone attacks serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing challenges in ensuring maritime security and the necessity of vigilance in the face of emerging threats.

For a detailed timeline and further insights into these events, read the full report here.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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